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The fast track in nursing at the University of Central Oklahoma is for students who have earned a traditional bachelor's degree in another field and would like to change to the profession of nursing. Upon successful completion, a Bachelor of Science in nursing will be awarded.

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing and master’s degree program in nursing at the University of Central Oklahoma are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

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Application Process

  • Step One – Email your intention with “unofficial” transcripts from each college/university attended, including the institution awarding the bachelor’s degree, to to do a degree audit, develop a plan of study, and check which courses will transfer. You will receive an email with your degree audit and plan of study once completed.
  • Step Two – Once the degree audit and plan of study is emailed to you apply for admission to UCO:
    • Domestic Admissions, please visit
      • Click “Begin a New Undergraduate Application”
      • Scroll down to “Additional Student Type” and click “Apply Now”
      • Sign in to the application, go to “Readmit w/transfer credit” click dropdown “Seek Plan” and click on “2nd degree seeking bachelors”
    • International Admissions, please visit
  • Step Three - Once steps one and two are completed, submit your Fast Track application when it opens in March 2023 for the Fall 2023 program along with your OSBI background check. The nursing department no longer requires a standardized test for admission.


  • Hybrid courses (at least 51% online)
  • Complete in 16 months (fall, spring, May intersession, summer and fall)
  • On-campus classes are one day per week plus clinical/lab day(s).


  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited university
  • Completion of prerequisites
  • Minimum 2.5 retentive GPA, no less than a C in any science course

Frequently Asked Questions

Fast Track B.S., Nursing Questions Answered

Career Opportunities

Nursing career opportunities include: 

  • Perioperative (operating rooms);
  • Emergency/trauma;
  • Critical care;
  • Ambulatory care;
  • Home health care;
  • Hospice and palliative care;
  • Occupational health;
  • Radiology;
  • Psychiatric-mental health; and, 
  • Holistic/complementary care.

Meet the Faculty

Learn more about the Department of Nursing faculty.


Vaccination Statement

The clinical facilities that have agreed to provide experiential education within the pre-licensure nursing program curriculum require designated vaccinations to participate in patient care at their facility.  Currently, most, if not all of the facilities accepting UCO students are requiring an approved Covid vaccine in order to participate in on-site clinical or instruction.  The clinical facilities are also responsible for the evaluation and administration of requests for exemptions to their respective vaccination requirements which may vary among clinical facilities.  Due to these facility vaccination requirements, unvaccinated students may not be able to satisfy a required component of the curriculum and therefore may be unable to complete the nursing program.  It is highly recommended that the admitted student complies with all vaccinations for uninterrupted progress through the program.

Still Have Questions?

Contact the Fast Track B.S. in Nursing at